Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru or A Corpse Is Buried Under Sakuraso`s Feet
Featured Image: Sakurako-San Official Visual Art
Shotaro Tatewaki a high-school boy accompanies a beautiful young adult Sakurako Kujo on her investigations of corpses.
With an ambitious director & solid art-animation team as their foundation they doll up Beautiful Bones as much as they can however it`s all about the decent cases that make this show something you can just pass and not look back on. Which is unfortunate for the makeup on the visuals.
Writing – Takayo Ikami (For Animation Pen) Shiori Ota ( For Original Story)
+ Glad that the story (Each case) aligns together and finishes.
+ The story is mature for the most part. It doesn’t contain childish elements or immature content.
+ The writing really works at times. (E.G: Ep 5, When Fujioma is carried off by his friend instead of waiting for the ambulance).
+ Realistic elements and attention to detail in writing. (E.G: Episode 6, moments after Utsumi takes a lost child to the lost & found, you hear a lost announcement on the intercom as two characters continue on with their conversation.)
+ Minor Pro: Hiroko Utsumi is a fun and comfortable character to be with. He doesn’t overreact and he is mostly kind. To some extent he feels like a real happy-go-lucky grown man. (E.G: The way he treated the child in Ep 6’s investigation.)
Directing & Cinematography – Katou Makoto
+ It’s a nice touch of immersion when they transition back to reliving a case. (Example: Transparent painting in front of characters or when they watch past actions play out in a transparent color filtered form.)
+ One of the final scenes is painted and directed very well. (As Sakurako and Shotaro are moving along a field in the sunset. The director allows us to see as if there is a camera pointed at them faraway, placed on the grass as some blades invade the frame. While they walk down under the orange sun.) – Credits: Director & Art-Animation Team-
+ Minor Pro: (In episode 9. When Shuntaro Tatewaki is speaking to an old woman and then a light bulb flickers and he watches as if he is seeing the youthful her speaking to me. A great move in transition and depth of how long her regret was.)
Art & Animation – TROYCA
+ The animation and art quality never reach any point of looking bad and sometimes moves realistically. (Ep 3 Yuriko Kogani Crying Happy Tears.)
+ Beautiful Bones can actually be very beautiful. I applaud the painting, illustration and lighting work that play out from the director to the animation team. (E.G: Episode 5 the final sequence where the characters have a barbecue in the garden, it’s pretty in the shade, sun and flowers Or Episode 6, when Yuriko Kogami and Itsuki Isozaki are exchanging dialogue by a river and the lights of the festival bleed onto the water.)
+ The lighting and painting accommodate the changing weather and scenery of each day very well.
Music & Theme Performances – ED “Washed Up Oblivion” By Technoboys Pullcraft Green-Fund feat. Yuki Ootake / OST By Technoboys Pullcraft Green-Fund
+ Minor Pro: A dream poppy song that arrives at the last episode when Shotaro reminisces on first encounters with Sakurako.
+ Minor Pro: Low key ambient synth based ending theme. It’s done well with atmosphere of the ending theme’s visuals.
– Over dramatic aesthetic sequences. (When Sakurako glove snaps and makes a whole dynamic intro to her investigation on a corpse is so unnecessary.) (Or at the final conversation when Shotaro speaks with Sakurako that he`ll stay with her in the snowy winter. It`s as if his words are warm and comforting that Sakurako & Shotaro get brought into a trance where they wear their original leisurely clothing & he melts the snow with his promises.)
– Sakurasou can actually come off as being very smug or arrogant in behavior. (E.G: The way she rushes into investigating dead bodies, drowning characters in her facts and invading space by either being physical or in someone’s face.)
– Minor Con: (Yuriko Kougami In episode 3 when proceeding to learn more about events of her grandmother’s disappearance she for some reason has to run and trip on her way there because she: “just has to get there!“ )
– Dialogue can get cheesy. I hate how they incorporate the word “bones” instead of just saying the “clues” in this case don`t add up, just to emphasize the fact that Sakurako is a osteologist. (E.G: “These bones don’t add up.” -Said in Ep 5, when piecing scenes together.-)
– Never any cut-depth investigations. It’s really basic and easily writable cases for the episodes. (E.G: Toxic Painting episodes, grandmother episode and etc.)
7.7-8/10 – SEVEN TO 8 BONES!!!! I CAN SAY IT TO SAKURAKO-SAN! YOU GET 7-8 BONES!
+ Painting & animation.
+ Ambitious director.
– Easily written cases.
– Minor over dramatic aesthetic directing.
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